April 19, 2013

The Drop Was Rocked

As many of you know, yesterday was Teen Lit Day and I think it's safe to say that there was some serious rocking of the drop. If you've never participated in this annual event, you're missing out. It's so much fun!

Last year I dropped three books, but this year I decided to up the ante and drop ten books in total. I purchased four of these in the last month (specifically for this event), but the rest all came from my own shelves. As it turns out, I love sharing books just as much as I love reading them. I enlisted Hubby's help and, as you can see, he was a great sport.


Here's what Todd and I dropped:


{Clockwise from top left}

1.  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - dropped on a table at the local college down the street
2.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer - dropped by a fireplace in the middle of a mall food court
3.  Beautiful Creatures & Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl - dropped at Second Cup Coffee Co.
4.  Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers - dropped on a bus bench at the downtown bus depot
5.  This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers - dropped on a city bus—Route #3—with the bus driver's permission
6.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman - dropped at Starbucks while we waited for Earl Grey tea lattes
7.  Defiance by C. J. Redwine - dropped in another mall food court on the other side of town
8.  Ruby Red & Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier - dropped handed to nurses in the Paediatrics Unit of the local hospital
9.  Rocking the Drop in an art nouveau style Hermione geek tee, because it seemed only fitting. (Hermione would approve.)

Of all the drops today, the one at the Paediatric Unit was definitely my favourite. The nurses were surprised but happy about the idea. It's nice to think that these books might brighten some patient's day (or even several). I was careful to leave books that didn't feature overly heavy subject matter. I figured this is probably the last thing they want to read about right now. I wish I knew whether they had some kind of book cart or library, because I wouldn't mind making this a regular practice.

All in all, it was a great day, and I can't wait to take part again next year!

Did you Rock the Drop? If so, what books did you drop and where?
(I'd love to hear your #rockthedrop stories!)

25 comments:

  1. I didn't participate, but it's a great idea. Especially giving to the hospital. I hope those books are read and passed on. :)

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    1. It was tons of fun, and it's great to think that somebody might be reading and enjoying (and yes, even passing on) these YA reads.

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  2. Thank you so, so much for participating in Rock the Drop and supporting readergirlz! I was tweeting up a storm yesterday (as rgzguest) and saw your tweets throughout the day. :)

    Love the Hermione shirt - Is it the same artist/clothing line that made that awesome Rose Tyler (Doctor Who) shirt?

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    1. You're welcome! It's so much fun and I look forward to it all year. :) I think my husband was even getting into it while he was helping me.

      The Hermione shirt is by the same artist (Megan Lara). She also did a Luna Lovegood one too: http://www.teefury.com/archive/2094/Just_As_Sane_As_I_Am/ I ordered it as well because I love Harry Potter and art nouveau. :)

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    2. Thank you both. :)

      I will look those shirts up now!

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  3. That's so great! I didn't get it together in time this year but I'd like to participate next year! :)

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    1. It's so much fun! You should totally do it next year. I might do what some others did--hit up used bookstores and get a bunch of books there. If the point is getting the word out that teen lit is great, then the more books I can scatter around my city the better. :)

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  4. I always mean to do this, but it always sneaks up on me. I'll be prepared for next year! Love your book picks and drop spots, and I especially love your T-Shirt!

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    1. I don't know what made me think of it, but I remembered a couple of weeks beforehand, so that was good. It's totally fun trying to come up with books and places to drop them, and then thinking that someone is going to snatch them up and (hopefully) enjoy them. :)

      The shirt just arrived in the mail a couple days before Rock the Drop, so it was kind of timely. :)

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  5. Love that shirt! I have a few of her designs--all Doctor Who, I think. I just got Defiance when it was cheap on the Kindle Store--I remembered you liked it. But I've read and loved most of what you dropped--awesome choices!

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    1. I may have ordered the Luna one too... Ah! I love art nouveau style and HP of course. As for Rock the Drop, it's just such a great way of introducing people to great YA reads. There are people out there who have no idea what they're missing out on. These are only a small glimpse of what's in store for them. :)

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  6. That was a great idea to go to the paediatric unit! Love the picture collage, especially the nice red bow on RUBY RED. And of course, your new Hermione shirt. I have mine on right now. :)

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    1. The Paediatric Unit was kind of a last-minute idea, but we were both kind of excited about it. We actually went and bought RUBY RED specifically to bring there. (They're still selling it for $5.99 at Chapters.) I considered the Ronald McDonald House right next to the hospital, but I wasn't sure what their policy is for allowing the public inside.

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  7. I love that you enlisted your hubby's help! And what an excellent idea to drop at the paediatric unit...I'm sure those kids will be thrilled. And you're definitely rocking the Hermione t-shirt - love it!
    I dropped two Sarah Dessen books this year - and it was great to see two woman reading the note I'd left inside, when I came back out from Starbucks! I absolutely love this day and can't wait until next year (I'll need to plan better, for sure!).
    Great drops, Jaime!

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    1. Hubby didn't complain even once about taking me around to drop off books. Heck, he didn't even mind posing with books we were dropping. :) The Paediatric Unit was a last-minute idea, but I'm glad we came up with it.

      Sarah Dessen books are good to drop because they probably appeal to a wide audience. Good idea! :)

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  8. I didn´t rock the drop :-( But I love your stories :D The pediatric unit was really a brilliant idea!

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    1. There's always next year, Elodie. :) You've been crazy busy this year, so don't feel bad! The Paediatric Unit was a last-minute idea, but was by far my favourite. :)

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  9. Oh, how fun! I was going to do this and then spaced it out.

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    1. Also, what did you write on your notes?

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    2. I slipped the Rock the Drop bookplate inside the book and stuck a post-it on the front that said: This book is free to take & enjoy in celebration of Teen Lit Day! #rockthedrop

      I wanted to make sure they knew that it was left behind for someone to take, otherwise they might just think I forgot it by accident. :) Also, in light of recent news events, I didn't think it was wise to just randomly drop things without some kind of easily visible explanation for it.

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  10. I had so much fun following along with your book dropping on Thursday, Jaime. Love that you left a novel in your local pediatric unit - what a fantastic idea! The impressive number of books you dropped inspires me to drop even more books next year. :-)

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    1. I was watching my Instagram feed so I could see what you and Jess Love were dropping too. :) So much fun! The Paediatric Unit was a last-minute idea that popped into my head, but it was by far my favourite of the day. Some of the books I dropped were from my bookshelves and some of were picked up decently cheap from bookstores. I also dropped some of them in twos (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and its sequel, as well as RUBY RED and its sequel) so that took less time. I think next year I'll come up with drop locations in advance because we spent the better part of the day driving around city trying to come up with ideas. :)

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  11. So cool Jaime!
    I really wanted to do it but wasn't able to this year for various reasons. I'm so glad you did it and got such fulfillment out of it!

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  12. Such great books, great locations, and lovely packaging-- each looks exactly like something I'd want to pick up! Love it! And the photo of the hubby is adorable. :0) He sounds like a very nice guy.

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  13. You rock! (Sorry, couldn't help myself!)
    I love that T-shirt, and I love that you spread so much book love around.

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